The BJP and its alliance partners have decided that instead of blanket stalling of the House, they will bring in cut motions to protest the government’s “anti-people policies”.
The decision was taken at a meeting of NDA floor leaders in Parliament on Wednesday.
The strategy was that debate and disruption should go together. There should be debate so that the party is not seen — unlike in the past — as stalling debate on important issues. They should stall the House whenever they think they can make a point through the action.
Deputy leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha SS Ahluwalia said, “Parliament is meant for debate. We want that debate should go on. We are not interested in stalling the House unless some minister comes up with something problematic. Then, certainly, stalling will take place.”
On February 26, the Opposition had walked out of the House during the presentation of the Budget.
The BJP has also decided to move cut motions on “anti-people provisions” in the Budget and build non-UPA unity on the issue.
“There are many issues, the diesel-petrol hike being the most crucial. This apart, those paying EMIs, who are generally not very rich people, will be charged service tax,” Ahluwalia said.
The party wants to be seen as a “vigilance party”, as Gadkari had said in the past.
It also wants to exploit rifts in the ruling coalition: If sullen allies back out on opposing the government on inflation, they get exposed; if some of them do oppose the Congress, the UPA begins crumbling.
Ahluwalia, however, refused to divulge details about the BJP’s efforts to secure Opposition unity, saying “it was too early for him to do so”.